Case Study

Powering productivity with cloud at a leading energy company

How to support employees and boost the bottom line with shop floor modernization

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WHO WE WORKED WITH

A leading energy company with an equipment manufacturing and repair department

HOW WE HELPED

  • Conducted analysis to examine current applications, processes, and data issues
  • Developed and delivered a cloud migration roadmap
  • Modernized and consolidated 20+ legacy apps into a serverless, cloud-native architecture powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS)

WHAT THE COMPANY NEEDED

  • To address high cycle time resulting from outdated IT systems and applications
  • To standardize reporting systems and processes across all sites and plants
  • To establish a single source of truth for data-driven insights

WHAT THE COMPANY GOT

  • A 35% boost to shop floor productivity and increased employee satisfaction
  • A 20% improvement in shift productivity through standardized processes
  • $1 million in savings by retiring legacy IT systems and infrastructure

CHALLENGE

Legacy infrastructure, outdated applications, and frustrated employees

At a leading energy company's manufacturing shop floor, cycle time was high as employees struggled with legacy enterprise architecture and outdated applications. The company was desperate to modernize to keep employees happy and boost productivity.

Integration was another big issue. The company used more than 20 custom-developed and third-party applications for auditing, repairs, and quality control within on-premises infrastructure. Without integration, it needed many manual interventions to collect and convert data into a usable format.

The company also wanted to explore predictive analytics to help employees spot and avoid potential production issues. However, with five outdated reporting systems all collating data in different ways, the company lacked a single source of truth to turn this vision into a reality.

Worse still, employees experienced long wait times to log issues and track production. Calculating productive hours across lines and plants was almost impossible.

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SOLUTION

A productive shop floor, powered by the cloud

As an existing partner, Genpact was primed to help the company modernize its shop floor using our cloud and industrial manufacturing expertise.

Initially, the modernization project focused on IT infrastructure and architecture. However, when we began to examine day-to-day operational activities across applications, processes, and data, we identified ways to redesign and simplify processes across the entire shop floor.

Using these insights, our cloud experts built a migration roadmap for the move to a serverless, cloud-native architecture powered by AWS. We developed an industrial internet of things (IIoT) pipeline to extract data directly from devices and remove the need for manual intervention. We retired redundant processes and consolidated individual applications into industry-specific microservices – reusable across multiple business functions.

Plus, our advanced-level partnership with AWS enabled a smooth migration to support edge computing and workflow orchestration. Today, the solution includes:

  • A productivity management tool that enables employees to log issues instantly
  • An edge-based solution that connects multiple hardware devices for weighing and measurements and connects harmonics, quality, and auditing processes
  • A centralized data and reporting system for use across all sites and plants
  • A system that extracts, formats, and streams data from various sources to streamline and rationalize shop floor processes

IMPACT

A new way of working - better for employees and better for business

The shop floor modernization project proved a win-win-win for the IT team, employees, and the company as a whole.

As the IT team retired legacy systems, the company realized an initial $1 million cost reduction – which it expects will grow year-over-year. Moving to a serverless, cloud-native architecture has also freed IT from the burden of maintaining on-premises infrastructure.

Shop floor employees now have a one-stop shop for operations. Every process has been redesigned to reduce the number of steps, clicks, and screens involved. Consolidated data and actionable insights are now presented to employees on a single screen in a format that's easy to understand. As a result, employee satisfaction increased along with a 20% boost to shift productivity and a 35% boost to overall shop floor productivity.

With standardized processes across sites, the company has a single source of truth to continuously uncover and act upon data-driven insights. These insights will improve year-over-year cycle times and process improvements.

Moving forward – thanks to the platform – the company will retire the existing applications and migrate more processes to the cloud. With this modernization and simplification, productivity continues to reach new heights with cloud.

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